Beauty Of Basant Panchami

| January 22 , 2018 , 13:26 IST

India is the land of festivals and celebrations, from Diwali to Eid, Holi to Onam every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. One of such festivals is Basant Panchami. It carries a short introduction of the festival in its name itself where Basant means "Spring" and Panchami means "fifth day" so Basant Panchami falls on the fifth day of spring (Magha) according to the Indian traditional calendar. The festival is especially celebrated in north, central and western parts of India.

Particularly the festival is about worshipping Hindu goddess Saraswati, the symbol of art, music and knowledge. On this day, people visit temples, play devotional music, observe fasting. Some celebrate by wearing yellow clothes and flying kites.

Many Indian schools and colleges celebrate the festival by arranging prayers and 'havan' and pay their obeisance to goddess Saraswati, they worship books and instruments also.

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Another aspect of Basant Panchami is about Hindu god Kama Deva, lord of love. It is said that on this day Parvati approached Kama Deva to wake up Lord Shiva from his long yogik meditation in order to bring Shiva back to perform his essential duties in the world. The festival linking lord Kama Deva Hindu deity of love and its rituals lead scholars to invoke this day as a Hindu form of Valentine's day.

For kids, the festival is all about flying kites, eating sweets, wearing beautiful clothes and dancing. For more fun and enjoyment people also fly kites in a form of competition on this day.

It is true that people have their different ways to celebrate Basant Panchami but the festival transport the same lustrous meaning of unity, togetherness, love, affection, devotion, joy and celebration across the nation.